"Shakespeare in Hollywood" photos
Weathervane Playhouse presents
"Shakespeare in Hollywood"
A comedy by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Nancy Cates

On stage at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio, from Oct. 6 to 23, 2011

Lights, camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and famed movie director Max Reinhardt is determined to film William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" for the silver screen. He soon finds more than he bargained for – thanks to a gaggle of fairies and a mischievous ass running amok on a Hollywood set. This hilarious comic romp delights in Tinseltown tomfoolery.

Playwright Ken Ludwig drew his inspiration for the fictional "Shakespeare in Hollywood" from the real-life 1935 film version of Shakespeare’s comedy, which starred Mickey Rooney, James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and took home two (for cinematography and film editing). In "Shakespeare in Hollywood," Ludwig creates a comical behind-the-scenes look at the making of this landmark film. With a playful, “puckish” flourish, the play plunges the “real” Oberon and Puck – two key characters from the classic play – onto the Warner Bros. film lot. Here, Oberon and Puck get the chance to “play themselves” in a truly brave new world of glitz, glamour and Hollywood dreams.

The "Shakespeare in Hollywood" cast
SCOTT SHRINER (Max Reinhardt)
BEAU REINKER (Dick Powell)
HENRY C. BISHOP (Jack Warner)
KAREN L. WOOD (Louella Parsons)
HOLLY HUMES (Lydia Lansing)
AMANDA DAVIS (Olivia Darnell)
TOM STEPHAN (Will Hayes)
RON CUIRLE (Joe E. Brown)
TIMOTHY H. CHAMPION (Jimmy Cagney/Harry Warner/Groucho Marx)
BARRY FRIEDMAN (Albert Warner/Ensemble)
TODD SHAVER (Sam Warner/Ensemble)
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